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The Goods: Coming up Hig

Monday, 21.11.2011 / 1:00 AM / Features
By Derek Jory
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The Goods: Coming up Hig
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The game was slow, but so was the puck for Cory Schneider.

The Canucks backup netminder, making his second straight start in relief of an injured Roberto Luongo, played his best game of the season stopping 28 shots in a 2-1 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators Sunday night at Rogers Arena.

Following Vancouver’s 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks last Wednesday, Schneider was highly critical of himself saying that he needed to step up and steal a game for the Canucks.

This was that game.

The saves started early for Schneider, eight in a scoreless first period, including three on Colin Greening, and they continued into the second frame as he turned aside another eight shots.

Henrik Sedin put the Canucks up 1-0 on the power play 2:31 into the second and it looked like that might be enough to land Vancouver a bounce back win. A bang-bang play 3:32 into the third period and Greening had the
game-tying goal.

All that did was anger Schneider.

He thwarted 10 more shots in the third period, including a dandy glove save on Milan Michalek with less than 10 minutes remaining. He kept giving the Canucks a chance to win, and in overtime, after Schneider made another pair of crucial stops, Chris Higgins buried the game-winner, his seventh goal of the season.

This was a game the Canucks needed to win and Schneider made it happen.

“With this team, if you’re able to keep them in the game they’re going to find a way to win,” said Schneider. “The last couple of starts I haven’t been able to keep it close and tonight I was able to.”

This game certainly didn’t have the entertainment value of others at times, I’ll be honest and say it was downright boring at times, but Schneider said it is to Vancouver’s
advantage when the tempo is controlled and the score stays low.

“We’ve been trying to get back into that mentality of winning 2-1, 3-2 games. As a team we’re starting to get into some run-and-gun games where it’s 4-3, 5-3 and things like
that, so as a team mindset, not just mine, that we want to get back to playing tight checking games like this where with our structure and our talent, we’ll be able to make the
most of them.”

Of Vancouver’s 10 wins this season, this was the first achieved with the Canucks scoring less than three goals.

RULES OF THE PRESS BOX
To avoid being labelled "the creepy guy with binoculars," be sure to point them at the ice now and again.
Tweet of the night - “Note to self: don't yell at the TV while taking a sip if water. #choking #Canucks"
-@FireflyFaery, teaching us all an important lesson.
Not Sens-ational - Ottawa has now dropped its last five games in Vancouver having last won on the
West Coast on March 13, 2004; the Senators have lost 10 of the last 12 meetings overall.
Dank you - Daniel Sedin leads the Canucks with 11 points (2-9-11) in nine games played thus far in November;
his best ever November ever was 15 points in 13 games last season.
The Lions roar - Sunday was just the second time since Rogers Arena opened the Canucks have played a home game
on the same day the BC Lions played a home playoff game.